Statement from Matthew Fleischer, executive director:
Rock Creek Conservancy is disheartened to hear that President Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 eliminates funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup project, a program supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Bay Program, which receives $73 million per year, is a regional partnership that has led the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. Program partners include federal, state, and local governments as well as nonprofit organizations—including foundations and trusts that support the work of Rock Creek Conservancy.
Clean water should be a priority to our elected officials. Unfortunately, the President’s budget says otherwise. More than 18 million people living in the Chesapeake Bay watershed could suffer if this recommendation stands. Because the health of Rock Creek impacts the health of the Chesapeake Bay, we ask our constituents to contact legislators and tell them you support restored funding for the Bay Program.